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John Calipari explains Dominican decision

Updated: May 19, 2011, 2:46 PM ET
By Andy Katz

John Calipari's decision to coach the Dominican Republic national team came down to whether or not he could help the island nation improve its international profile on his increasingly crowded Kentucky schedule.

He was told he could.

And now Lexington, Ky., will become an affiliate Dominican home in August.

Calipari returned late Wednesday night from a three-day trip to the Caribbean, where he accepted the post as head coach of the national team, met the local media and Dominican ...

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